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February 20, 2014
TNS 397 Left Repostio after breakfast on engines ~ hopefully to find wind changing to north east to sail south back to Malta. Later in 12:30 – 4:30 pm afternoon watch there was a man overboard exercise. A loud cry of “Man Overboard” from the stern saw the ship turned back as quickly as possible. […]

February 19, 2014
Tenacious voyage 397  Wednesday Feb 19th Alongside in Riposto, Sicily. At 23.00 yesterday evening we were sailing a course of 345deg towards Riposto on the east coast of Sicily. We spotted what looked like a red distress flare 2 points aft of the starboard beam and well above the horizon. We quickly realised that this […]

February 18, 2014
TNS 397 We spent the day in Siracusa, Sicily. The morning began with assisted climbs, well done natlie, ryan and luke the mountain goat for their big efforts. We then ventured onto the old island that is part of Siracusa where we got a taste of the open air market. The ship set sail at […]

February 17, 2014
Tenacious day 5   Monday 17th February We left Valetta in warm sunshine 2 days ago heading for Siracusa, on the island of Sicily. Wind was in a favourable direction but light. Air temperature was 20degC which resulted in more sunbathing than progress towards Sicily. Yesterday, Sunday, the wind was stronger but arrival in Siracusa had […]

February 17, 2014
TNS 397 17th February 2014 A fine sunny dawn was soon spoiled by thick fog. As we sat down to breakfast the engines were started and we motored towards Syracuse. Straight after our meal, it was all hands to stowing the sails which were contributing nothing to our momentum. Shortly after the foghorn was activated […]

February 14, 2014
TNS 397 12th- 22nd February 2014 Malta- Malta Days 1 and 2 The voyage started in sunshine in Malta, which was greatly appreciated by the voyage crew who had flown out from England to join the ship. They were greeted on board and settled into their bunks, were introduced to the permanent crew by Captain […]

February 12, 2014
TNS 396 Day 4 and 5 Having motored all the way from Genoa we anchored off Olbia on Sardinia for the night before heading into the port with our friendly pilot.  We berthed along the harbour quay and became the town’s newest tourist attraction. For the first time we saw the sun and enjoyed the […]

February 11, 2014
TNS 396 GENOA – MALTA 12th Feb 2014 We ended the voyage in that currently rare phenomenon for the UK of sunshine and blue skies. On the 11th   in the morning some of the voyage crew and Ted and Joe Bosuns mates stowed the sails at sea until the wind suddenly increased and they had […]

February 10, 2014
Day 8, somewhere off the coast of Sicily…… Currently sailing under square sails, enjoying glorious sunshine and a fresh southerly wind. We are on our approach to Malta after a continuous 3 days at sea. Over the last 24 hours we have had dolphins playing around the bow, and turtles bobbing past basking in the […]

February 9, 2014
Afternoon! On Friday morning after two wheelchairs aloft and three assisted climbs we left Olbia in brilliant sunshine but unfavourable wind, heading for Malta running down the coast of Sardinia. Friday evening was moonlit until midnight when stars filled the night sky. Briefly on Saturday afternoon we were in Tunisian waters, if only for a […]

January 31, 2014
Day 1 – All the VC arrived nicely on time in Genoa ready for an exciting week in fairly warm fine sunny weather but the Northerly breeze was quite chilly. After dinner some went exploring ashore, others stowed their gear and kept warm, patronising the ships bar. After the customary safety drills and hands aloft […]

January 24, 2014
22/1/14 The overnight sail that we hoped for to the Port of Venere was just not going to happen as the wind slowly died.The sails were all handed and the motors turned on and we continued steaming along to our destination peacefully into the night. 23/1/14 The 4am-8am watch was spent shivering in all the […]

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